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Farewell Vision 2020 Australia, but the journey continues

Farewell Vision 2020 Australia, but the journey continues

Jennifer Gersbeck

After 11.5 years as CEO of Vision 2020 Australia Jennifer Gersbeck is stepping down from the role. During her time at the helm, she has guided the organisation to the place that it is today, as the credible and respected national peak body for eye health and vision care. She reflects on her time with the organisation, the importance of collaboration and the next part of her journey as she continues to advocate for the elimination of avoidable blindness. Read more →

Growing diabetes epidemic means more people are at risk of blindness

Growing diabetes epidemic means more people are at risk of blindness

Jennifer Gersbeck

On 7 April—World Health Day—the World Health Organisation (WHO) is shining a light on the rise of diabetes worldwide. While the epidemic is increasing rapidly in low and middle-income countries, Australia is not immune.  Read more →

Australia loses sight of international aid commitments

Australia loses sight of international aid commitments

Jennifer Gersbeck

Vision 2020 Australia CEO Jennifer Gersbeck writes about the disappointing state of Australian Aid. This blog post was originally published on the IAPB website.  Read more →

Eye Health Survey a major win

Eye Health Survey a major win

Jennifer Gersbeck

We’re often told that governments strongly support this initiative or that program, but sometimes it is hard to know exactly what that means. Read more →

International conference focuses attention on low vision

International conference focuses attention on low vision

Jennifer Gersbeck

Last week hundreds of members of the global low vision community converged in Melbourne for the 11th International Conference on Low Vision. Read more →

2013 sector highlights from the CEO

2013 sector highlights from the CEO

Jennifer Gersbeck

This year has been an eventful and productive one for the sector. The lead up to the Federal Election was an opportune time to come together as a sector and bolster advocacy efforts, and the success of this collaboration can be seen in the many highlights throughout 2013. Read more →

Vision Initiative pilot projects to save the sight of thousands

Vision Initiative pilot projects to save the sight of thousands

Jennifer Gersbeck

On World Sight Day, Vision 2020 Australia and the Victorian Minister for Health, the Hon David Davis MLC, launched the fantastic new Vision Initiative pilot projects aimed at saving the sight of thousands of Victorians. The new pilot projects aim to bring both health and eye health professionals together to identify those at risk of eye disease and vision loss, encouraging them to have regular eye tests. Read more →

DisabilityCare Australia: Substantial steps but an age hurdle remains

DisabilityCare Australia: Substantial steps but an age hurdle remains

Jennifer Gersbeck

With the imminent commencement of DisabililtyCare Australia on 1 July, it seems timely to take a moment to think about how far Australia has come since the concept of a lifetime of support for people with disabilities was introduced in 2010. Read more →

Countries unite to reduce avoidable blindness and vision impairment

Countries unite to reduce avoidable blindness and vision impairment

Jennifer Gersbeck

What a month May has been for global eye health! Not only have we had the new Global Action Plan adopted at the World Health Assembly but large steps have also been taken towards the development of the draft Regional Action Plan. Read more →

Global cause unites sector in elimination of avoidable blindness

Global cause unites sector in elimination of avoidable blindness

Jennifer Gersbeck

Last week Vision 2020 Australia held its first Parliamentary Friends Group for Eye Health and Vision Care breakfast of the year. With a focus on global aid, it was fantastic to see such support from our members and government with a strong turnout of over 95 attendees. Read more →

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in Australia launch

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in Australia launch

Jennifer Gersbeck

It's not every day that you get to speak with the Governor-General and the Australian of the Year; shake hands with past Prime Ministers and meet some of Australia's most generous philanthropists; but on Monday that's exactly what I did! Read more →

2012 sector highlights from the CEO

2012 sector highlights from the CEO

Jennifer Gersbeck

This year, together with our members, Vision 2020 Australia has continued to keep eye health and vision care on the public agenda and foster support among key members of parliament.  Read more →

Jennifer’s Vietnam Highlights

Jennifer’s Vietnam Highlights

Jennifer Gersbeck

Jess Gallagher and I arrived home on Sunday, 21 October after an eventful week in Vietnam! Arriving in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday (13/10) was an assault on our senses — smells, sounds and sights. After being picked up by Phoung (Brien Holden Vision Institute) we checked into our hotel and headed out for dinner. Jess tried everything — I didn’t! After a quick look around the city, we headed to Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, a three hour drive south-west towards the sea. Read more →

Barry’s Birthday Wish on World Sight Day

Barry’s Birthday Wish on World Sight Day

Jennifer Gersbeck

Last Thursday was an extra special day here at Vision 2020 Australia. Not only did we celebrate World Sight Day (WSD) with our friends across the world but we also had the opportunity to recognise the decade of dedication our Chair, the Hon Dr Barry Jones AO, has given to preventing avoidable blindness and vision loss. Read more →

Foreign aid saves sight

Foreign aid saves sight

Jennifer Gersbeck

On Friday I was interviewed by Geraldine Coutts from Radio Australia on the growing concern over Australia's foreign aid budget. I believe Australia has an opportunity to transform the lives of millions and really make an impact on reducing global poverty. I hope the Government shares that vision and keeps its commitment to increasing foreign aid. Read more →

Why am I still here?

Why am I still here?

Jennifer Gersbeck

Jennifer Gersbeck has been CEO of Vision 2020 Australia for over seven years. In her first blog post she reflects on this time and how she is continually inspired. Read more →

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CEO Jennifer Gersbeck in a cafe

Jennifer Gersbeck

Jennifer Gersbeck is Director of Global Partnerships and Advocacy at The Fred Hollows Foundation, and previously CEO of Vision 2020 Australia. Jennifer has been involved in a wide range of social marketing campaigns aimed at raising awareness, changing behaviour and influencing key decision makers. Jennifer has qualifications in Political Science and Business Marketing, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has worked extensively in the health and community services sector.